Creating an outdoor place to pray the rosary

When Gabe Vega was a little boy, he was not the slightest bit interested in joining the Cub Scouts. However, once he did it didn’t take long to overcome that initial resistance. And now, the 16-year-old can’t wait to earn the rank of Eagle Scout — the highest honor a member of the Boy Scouts of America can achieve. The completion of an Eagle project is one of the requirements … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner’s band needs big bucks for bowl trip

The Steinbrenner High School Band is planning a trip to perform at a college bowl game later this year. To get there, they’ll need hard work and determination. They’ll also need more than $70,000. That’s the cost to accommodate more than 90 people traveling to Memphis, Tennessee, for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, on Dec. 29. “It is a lot of money,” admitted band director Nicole Conte. … [Read more...]

Exotic pets looking for homes, too, through amnesty program

Ever wanted to replace the traditional dog or cat, with a blue-tongued skink, or a green anaconda? The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is looking for qualified people willing to adopt exotic pets through its Exotic Pet Amnesty Program. These pets need new homes because owners who can no longer care for them have surrendered them to the state. New owners will need to … [Read more...]

Housing market up, condo sales down locally

Nearly 15,000 existing homes and condominiums changed hands in the greater Tampa Bay area during April, May and June, showing promising housing market trends despite a drop in overall condo sales. The region — which includes Pasco, Hillsborough, Hernando and Pinellas counties — sold 3,733 condos in the second quarter, down more than 5 percent from the year before. The median sales price, … [Read more...]

Local construction jobs continuing slow climb

New homes, apartment buildings and even commercial structures are in construction mode ... and with that comes an influx of well-paying construction jobs. The number of jobs available in the greater Tampa Bay market rose 3 percent in June compared to what it was a year ago to 58,600 workers.Yet, when compared to the rest of the state, that growth is below average, according to a new report by … [Read more...]